COVID-19 response: Transportation issues with importing packaged bees and queens
We are working with other government agencies and departments, airlines, package bee suppliers, the Canadian Honey Council, and the Canadian Association of Professional Apiculturists to provide solutions for Alberta's beekeepers.
For more information about Alberta’s COVID-19 response, visit COVID-19 info for Albertans.
The Alberta Bee Act regulates beekeeping in Alberta.
Licences and permits
Anyone owning bees or used beekeeping equipment or operating bees in Alberta is required to register annually with the provincial apiculturist. The certificate of registration is valid from the time it is issued to the next following June 29th.
Registration is mandatory. The information is used for monitoring diseases and pests to ensure healthy bees, as stated in the Bee Act and regulation. It is also used to keep industry statistics up to date. If you are planning to purchase honey bees for the first time, use our fact sheet, Purchasing honey bees or equipment in Alberta: questions to ask and things to consider to help guide what questions you should be asking.
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Premises Identification Number
All new and registered beekeepers are required to have a Premises Identification Number (PID). The PID is provided through Alberta’s traceability program and is separate from the apiculture program registration number. The PID number is a requirement to have access to medications for bee diseases and pests. Register with the animal Premises Identification Program.
Registration renewal and updates
It is mandatory to annually renew your registration. You are also required to update your registration whenever necessary. To renew your registration fill out the Beekeeper Registration form (PDF, 52 KB) and fax it to 780-422-6096, or email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Communicate the specific change in your registration, for example:
- number of colonies
- bee sales
- equipment sales
- buying bees
- buying used equipment
- change of address
- addition of email
- telephone number